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Preaching a Conspiracy Theory
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by Allen C. Guelzo
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liar-Pelosi's Impeachment Articles '
Quid Pro Quo'
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Thomas Gallatin:  While Senate Republicans were busy approving 12 more of President Donald Trump’s judicial appointments, House Speaker liar-Nancy Pelosi added another slice of baloney to the Democrats’ sham impeachment. liar-Pelosi broke from the Constitution and announced that she would not send the articles of impeachment to the Senate “until we see what the process is on the Senate side.” She complained, “So far we haven’t seen anything that looks fair to us.”
 

Of course, there was nothing “fair” to see on the House side.

The Constitution clearly states that the House has “the sole power of impeachment” but gives the Senate “the sole power to try all impeachments.” liar-Pelosi is trying to game the system in order to perpetuate the false narrative that it is Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Republicans who will not hold a fair trial – thus, Trump must be guilty. She’s demanding that, as speaker of the House, she dictate how the Senate runs its impeachment trial before she sends over the House impeachment articles. That’s unconstitutional, but our Constitution is just a speed bump on the Democrat agenda highway.

As Mark Alexander observed, “liar-Pelosi is demanding certain conditions be met before she will release the articles of impeachment…so, a quid pro quo?”

It’s obvious that liar-Pelosi and company have been planning this delay tactic for some time. She’s running interference for Senate Minority Leader Chuck scumbag-Schumer, hoping to damage Senate Republicans enough to win back that chamber for Democrats come November.

lair-Pelosi will likely hold off on sending the articles of impeachment through at least the holidays and maybe well into January. Will her gamble pay off? Only if McConnell and Senate Republicans fail to expose and resist the Democrats’ fraudulent “fairness” game.

Fortunately, Republicans won’t acquiesce. In fact, McConnell is already calling the Dems’ bluff: “The House’s conduct risks deeply damaging the institutions of American government. This particular House of Representatives has let its partisan rage at this particular president create a toxic new precedent that will echo into the future. … This case is not compelling, not overwhelming, and as a result, not bipartisan. … And it was made even more clear last night, when Speaker liar-Pelosi suggested that House Democrats may be too afraid to even transmit their work product to the Senate. The prosecutors are getting cold feet in front of the entire country and second-guessing whether they even want to go to trial.” He later astutely noted, “They said impeachment was so urgent that it could not even wait for due process, but now they’re content to sit on their hands. It is comical.”

Finally, an interesting fact that will likely become a big talking point for Trump and Republicans should liar-Pelosi continue her stalling tactic: The president is not officially impeached until the House delivers its articles of impeachment to the Senate. So, as things currently stand, Trump hasn’t yet been impeached.   ~The Patriot Post

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liar-Nancy Pelosi , Not Trump, 
Is Provoking A Constitutional Crisis  
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By John Daniel Davidson
{ thefederalist.com } ~ House  Speaker  liar-Nancy Pelosi ’s decision not to send the articles of impeachment to the Senate for trial on the pretext that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell won’t conduct the trial in a manner approved by House Democrats.. .introduces a novel and dangerous dynamic to the impeachment of President Trump—namely, a constitutional crisis, not between the legislative and executive branches, but between the House and the Senate. Under the Constitution, the House has the sole power of impeachment and the Senate has the sole power of conducting a trial. Although the Constitution doesn’t say the House must go through a formal process of “transmitting” the articles of impeachment to the Senate, precedent and Senate rules dictate that the Senate does not take up measures passed in the House until they have been certified and transmitted, and that it won’t take up an impeachment trial until the House appoints impeachment managers or prosecutors for the trial.This  liar-Pelosi has refused to do. She is in effect asserting the primacy of the House over the Senate, insisting that the Senate conduct an impeachment trial on terms dictated by the House. The pretext for her gambit are a few comments this week by McConnell that he’s “not an impartial juror,” and that he’s taking his cues from the White House. “The House made a partisan political decision to impeach,” McConnell said Tuesday. “I would anticipate we will have a largely partisan outcome in the Senate. I’m not impartial about this at all.” Of course,  liar-Pelosi  and the other House Democrats have not been impartial, either.  liar-Pelosi  seized on McConnell’s comments as evidence that any Senate trial would be a kangaroo court, a partisan and unfair show-trial whose outcome is predetermined. That is of course precisely what Republicans have said about House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry, the outcome of which was inevitable from the moment it was announced. As my colleagues Sean Davis and Mollie emingway noted yesterday, “ liar-Pelosi apparently wants to control the Senate process from her perch in the House, a power grab that looks a lot like an abuse of power.” Likewise, her decision to withhold the articles of impeachment from the Senate and not appoint impeachment managers looks a lot like obstructing the Senate. House Democrats impeached Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress—the very things liar-Pelosi now appears to be doing...  https://thefederalist.com/2019/12/20/nancy-pelosi-not-trump-is-provoking-a-constitutional-crisis/?utm_source=The+Federalist+List&utm_campaign=84271c6216-RSS_The_Federalist_Daily_Updates_w_Transom&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_cfcb868ceb-84271c6216-83771801  
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As liar-Pelosi plays games with 
impeachment, what next for GOP?
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by Byron York
{ washingtonexaminer.com } ~ The House of Representatives impeached President scumbag/liar-Bill Clinton on Dec. 19, 1998. It was a Saturday. The votes, in which two articles of impeachment passed, were held around midday... By 3 p.m., the House had passed a resolution naming its impeachment managers, and those managers had physically delivered the articles to the Senate for trial.Impeachment was on. The House, controlled by a Republican majority, was serious about its ultimately failed effort to remove scumbag/liar-Clinton from office. Contrast that to today. On Wednesday, Dec. 18, at around 8 p.m., the Democratic-controlled House passed two articles of impeachment against President Trump. Speaker liar-Nancy Pelosi immediately announced that the House would not appoint managers, and the articles would not be delivered to the Senate. The next day, liar-Pelosi told reporters she did not want to talk any more about it, and the House went into recess until Jan. 7. Impeachment was not on, or at least a Senate trial was not on. liar-Pelosi was holding out, apparently, for better terms in a Senate trial. That is where events stand today. liar-Pelosi acted after a Harvard professor and zealous impeachment advocate, Laurence Tribe, published an op-ed in the Washington Post arguing the Democratic strategy should be "voting for articles of impeachment but holding off for the time being on transmitting them to the Senate." Withholding the articles, Tribe said, would strengthen Senate Minority Leader Chuck scumbag-Schumer's hand as he negotiates with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on the terms of the trial. It would do so, Tribe speculated, "because of McConnell's and Trump's urgent desire to get this whole business behind them. "Without McConnell's concessions, Tribe urged Democrats to withhold the articles indefinitely because a trial dominated by majority Republicans "would fail to render a meaningful verdict of acquittal." It seemed a far-fetched idea, to be generous. McConnell and Senate Republicans would be perfectly happy if they never had to hold a trial; after all, they didn't impeach Trump. "I admit I'm not sure what leverage there is in refraining from sending us something we do not want," McConnell said daily. After the weekly Senate Republican lunch, I asked one GOP lawmaker, via text, what the party's reaction was. He texted back a one-word answer: "Laughter."...  https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/columnists/as-pelosi-plays-games-with-impeachment-what-next-for-gop?utm_source=breaking_push&utm_medium=app&utm_campaign=push_notifications&utm_source=WEX_News%20Brief_12/21/2019&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=WEX_News%20Brief&rid=5261  
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scumbag-Schumer's Corrupt Democratic Jurors
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By Daniel John Sobieski
{ americanthinker.com } ~ Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was right to so eloquently smack down cryin’ Chuck scumbag-Schumer’s request for a “scumbag-Schumer do-over” of the House impeachment process with unheard-from witnesses... If, as House Democrats insist, the “evidence” is “uncontested,” why does scumbag-Schumer seek new evidence and want to hear new witnesses, providing a list of White House advisers but not a list that includes the alleged Ukraine whistleblower? scumbag-Schumer whines that McConnell has said he will take his cues on a Senate trial from President Trump, whom the House denied due process and the right to confront his accuser. Too bad, cryin’ Chuck, for just as in the House, elections have consequences. Republicans won the Senate so you play by their rules  scumbag-Schumer pretends that a Senate impeachment trial is like a trial in criminal or civil court and that McConnell can’t act as both a juror and a defense attorney. Of course he can -- an impeachment trial is more of a political process than a judicial one. scumbag-Schumer is trying to depose a sitting President of the United States and overturn the results of an election, disenfranchising 63 million voters, without a crime or evidence of a crime, and he wants to talk about fairness? McConnell is no more “tainted” as a juror for working with President Trump than the Senate Democrats, also jurors, who ran and are still running against Trump in 2020 -- Kobuchar, Harris, dinky/liar-Warren, scumbag-Booker, commie-Sanders. They had or have a vested interest in Trump’s removal that in a regular trial would constitute a disqualifying conflict of interest. They would personally benefit from Trump’s removal so should they recuse themselves as some have asked McConnell to do. Tainted Senate jurors? How about Democrat Senators scumbag-Durbin,scumbag- Menendez, and scumbag-Leahy, who begged Ukraine officials to give them some dirt on Donald Trump and to help with the Mueller investigation: Democrats wrote to the Ukrainian government in May 2018 urging it to continue investigations into President Donald Trump’s alleged collusion with Russia in the 2016 presidential campaign -- collusion later found not to exist.. The demand, which came from U.S. Senators scumbag-Robert Menendez (D-NJ), scumbag-Dick Durbin (D-IL), and scumbag-Patrick Leahy (D-VT), resurfaced Wednesday in an opinion piece written by conservative Marc Thiessen in the Washington Post: It got almost no attention, but in May, CNN reported that Sens. scumbag-Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), scumbag-Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) and scumbag-Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) wrote a letter to Ukraine’s prosecutor general, Yuriy Lutsenko, expressing concern at the closing of four investigations they said were critical to the Mueller probe. In the letter, they implied that their support for U.S. assistance to Ukraine was at stake. Describing themselves as “strong advocates for a robust and close relationship with Ukraine,” the Democratic senators declared, “We have supported the capacity-building process and are disappointed that some in Kyiv appear to have cast aside these democratic principles to avoid the ire of President Trump,” before demanding Lutsenko “reverse course and halt any efforts to impede cooperation with this important investigation.” So, it’s okay for Democratic senators to encourage Ukraine to investigate Trump, but it’s not okay for the president to allegedly encourage Ukraine to investigate?...
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Demo Debate: Gross Word Distortions
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Nate Jackson:  Last night was the final Democrat debate of 2019. We say “debate” only loosely, because all seven of the remaining candidates on stage agree on the basics of the Democrat platform — higher taxes, “free” stuff for constituents, racial division, and hating President Donald Trump. So, rather than another lowlights reel of outrageous comments or meaningless tussles between candidates, we thought a brief word study would be enlightening.
 

The word “Liberty” was not used in last night’s Democrat debate. That should surprise no one, and it may be about all you need to know about the Democrat field.

Though the word “freedom was used nine times, it was used twice to defend abortion, twice to attack Trump for daring to complain about the Democrats’ Leftmedia super PAC, and three times to argue for income redistribution — specifically, Andrew Yang’s "freedom dividend” wealth transfer of $1,000 from some Americans to other Americans.

“Constitution” or “constitutional” were used 11 times. Primarily, that was in reference to the Democrats’ impeachment charade — a sad spectacle of political theater made all the more absurd by House Speaker liar-Nancy Pelosi’s decision to delay sending those articles to the Senate for trial. Nonetheless, all seven Democrat candidates waxed eloquent about their solemn duty “to support and defend” the Constitution — a document they rip to shreds with every policy proposal and actual law or regulation they pass.

When the Constitution wasn’t being used as an impeachment fainting couch, Democrats were using it to make false allegations of voter suppression of minorities or to whine about money in politics, which we thought they already “fixed” with campaign-finance reform nearly 20 years ago. As with all Democrat “fixes,” however, the fix needs fixing, and Democrats always propose even more government.

A theme running throughout the evening is that Democrat presidential candidates routinely declare they will do what a president has no constitutional authority to do. Every one of the seven Democrats on stage seems to have no problem with an imperial presidency, so long as it’s their own. Their distortions of words like “freedom” and “Constitution” belie their fundamental bent toward authoritarian power. That aptly sums up today’s Democrat Party.   ~The Patriot Post

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Plenty of Bipartisanship on Debt Spending
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Brian Mark Weber:  This was a somber and serious week for the U.S. House of Representatives — a week in which the actions of Democrats and Republicans will affect the fate of our nation for years to come. Indeed, some sober-minded analysts claim we may never recover from the votes cast this week in the lower chamber.

But this has nothing to do with the impeachment of President Donald J. Trump.

While our country was focused on the impeachment farce, few Americans noticed that just the day before the House vote both Democrats and Republicans worked in bipartisan fashion to pass a $1.4 trillion spending package that then sailed through the Senate Thursday before being signed by the president, likely today.

Impeachment is serious business, of course, but President Trump’s acquittal in the Senate is a foregone conclusion — if the House ever does its duty and sends impeachment articles to the upper chamber. What’s far more troubling, though, is that no one in Congress from either party seems to care that our national debt is rocketing out of control.

One sensible Republican lawmaker, Rep. Chip Roy of Texas, just couldn’t bring himself to vote for the massive spending bill even though he’s generally a supporter of the president.

As with most presidents, Trump’s excuse is that our national security is at stake. Rep. Roy certainly wants to fund the military, but he also wants some clarification on the Afghanistan mission to accompany the funding. Roy wrote on his Twitter account that “for this and other reasons I am a ‘no.’”

The Wall Street Journal’s James Freeman argues that the real scandal in Trump’s presidency has nothing to do with Russia collusion or any of the other nonsense impeachment charges, but instead the reckless spending. “Dangerous” is the term he uses to describe the president’s “willingness to spend taxpayer dollars just as promiscuously as the regular politicians.”

While it’s true that Trump never focused on fiscal conservatism during his 2016 campaign, the fact that a businessman-turned-politician can’t sign a responsible budget is a legitimate concern. The editors at National Review note, “In the private sector, Donald Trump famously called himself the ‘king of debt.’ With the spending deal negotiated by his administration with Congress, he is carrying that title over into government work. The $1.4 trillion spending deal reflects a number of left-wing priorities, such as funding gun-control activism that is masquerading as research.”

They add, “The president likes to boast about his skill as a negotiator, which is, in this instance, nowhere to be seen. The president enjoys mean-mugging on Twitter, but in the real world, he’s willing to sign off on $1.4 trillion for lopsidedly Democratic priorities in order to avoid a confrontation with liar-Nancy Pelosi.”

One of the more problematic provisions in the bill is a seven-year extension of the Export-Import Bank.

“Both Republican and Democratic establishment leaders know that if the Export-Import Bank were properly debated and scrutinized, few voters would actually support reauthorizing it,” writes the Washington Examiner’s Brad Polumbo. “It exists to hand out taxpayer money to foreign governments and U.S. companies in the hope that they’ll buy more American goods and services, usually from Boeing.”

None of this should be a surprise.

Daniel Horowitz writes at Conservative Review, “It’s become an annual ritual before Christmas. Both parties, despite the fake wrestling of soap opera politics, come together to increase spending and add special interest policy riders into a 2,000-page omnibus bill dropped hours before a vote is conducted, while nothing in the bill addresses the core challenges of our time that matter most to the citizenry. This occurs whether Republicans control one, two, or all three branches of the legislative process.”

If he signs this sorry spending package as is, President Trump will have violated his 2018 pledge to never again approve such a rushed and overloaded omnibus bill. In addition, he’ll have sacrificed any political leverage he enjoyed for the rest of his first term. Trump should veto this bill, force both parties to engage in a national debate over spending, and make this a core issue during the 2020 presidential campaign.

But beyond the obvious fiscal imperative, why would Trump hand liar-Nancy Pelosi and her ilk such an easy victory at the very moment they’ve impeached him? If President Trump is indeed intent on making America great again, he should veto this abomination and send it back into the swamp for reconsideration.

As our country’s debt soars past $23 trillion, Trump ought to get serious about the issue of federal spending. If not, he has no business talking about draining the swamp.   ~The Patriot Post

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Preaching a Conspiracy Theory
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by Allen C. Guelzo

{ city-journal.org } ~ There is one sense in which the 1619 Project’s attempt to rewrite U.S. history in the image of slavery is right: America’s founding was like nothing else seen in the history of human societies. But not because of slavery. Instead, it was because the American republic modeled itself on the Scientific Revolution of the seventeenth century by trying to find a natural order in human politics, rather than fall back upon the artificial and irrational hierarchies that governed how the ancients had understood both the physical and political universes. Our Declaration of Independence stated as a self-evident truth of nature that “all men are created equal”; our Constitution prohibited all titles of nobility and required virtually all offices to be matters of public election rather than inheritance or class. The American republic would be a theater of those who, like Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, could be “self-made men,” and the solutions to the problems of their day would be generated by a host of voluntary associations, working from the bottom up, rather than through government, from the top down.

Yet, nature is not always kind or predictable, and neither is the path of the republic. The temptation has always existed to slide back into the comfortable abyss of hierarchy, whether it be the racial hierarchy of slaveholders in the Civil War or the newer hierarchies of bureaucracy and socialism. It is that temptation to backsliding which the 1619 Project wants to insist is the real story; but this is like taking the stage crew out from behind the curtain and insisting that they’re the real musical.

So, let us speak of slavery. The American republic inherited slavery from the British empire, in much the same way that it inherited its fiscal poverty, its lack of manufacturing capability, and its primitive infrastructure. We expected to overcome all of these in time. And we would have dealt the same way with slavery, too. At the Constitutional Convention in 1787, Gouverneur Morris attacked slavery wholesale as “a nefarious institution” which had “the curse of heaven . . . where it prevailed.” But the expectation of the Founders was that slavery was a dying institution. So, the Convention turned a blind eye to slavery, even as it insisted that turning that blind eye was not meant, as James Madison said, “to admit in the Constitution the idea that there could be property in men.”

They were, of course, wrong. The explosion of Britain’s Industrial Revolution, built on the production of cotton textiles and the invention of the cotton gin, turned slave-based cotton agriculture into a roaring inferno of profitability. Profitability first erased shame and then stimulated angry self-justifications; and instead of painlessly winking out, slavery had to be exterminated by the force of civil war before it could strangle the life of the republic itself. Even then, we botched the eradication of slavery’s racial legacy through a badly designed Reconstruction. We have paid the price for that ever since.

This is not, however, the story told by the so-called 1619 Project. Designed largely by journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones and members of the New York Times editorial staff, the 1619 Project aspires—through essays, poems, and short fiction—to rewrite entirely the narrative of American slavery, not as an unwilling inheritance of British colonialism but as the love-object of American capitalism from its very origins. It reviews slavery not as a blemish that the Founders grudgingly tolerated with the understanding that it must soon evaporate, but as the prize that the Constitution went out of its way to secure and protect. The Times presents slavery not as a regrettable chapter in the distant past, but as the living, breathing pattern upon which all American social life is based, world without end.

The 1619 Project is not history: it is polemic, born in the imaginations of those whose primary target is capitalism itself and who hope to tarnish capitalism by associating it with slavery. Slavery made cotton profitable; but profitability is not capitalism. Profit-seeking has been around since Abraham bought the cave at Machpelah in the book of Genesis. If profitability were capitalism, then the Soviet Union’s highly profitable sales of natural gas and other commodities would surely make it one of the great success stories of capitalism – which, of course, it was not. Ask any worthwhile Marxist: capitalism is about the creation of class, and especially the bourgeoisie. And one thing the South never developed was a bourgeoisie. Which is why no single American, North or South, before 1861 ever imagined that slavery and capitalism were anything but mortal enemies. The proslavery apologist, George Fitzhugh, frankly declared that slavery was a form, not of capitalism, but feudal socialism; the antislavery president, Abraham Lincoln, explained the war on slavery as a war on behalf of free labor.

The 1619 Project commits, moreover, the Supply Chain Fallacy—that slavery was necessary for capitalism and as a result inhabits every level of capitalism’s subsequent development. This is the same reasoning that suggests that if a scientist receives a grant from the National Science Foundation for research, the result of the research is a production of the government. As economic historian Deirdre McCloskey comments, “It’s a legal way of thinking, not economic.” And not much in the way of historical thinking, either.

Again: the 1619 Project is not history; it is conspiracy theory. And like all conspiracy theories, the 1619 Project announces with a eureka! that it has acquired the explanation to everything, and thus gives an aggrieved audience a sense that finally it is in control, through its understanding of the real cause of its unhappiness. But historians—and most journalists—know that human experience is multivalent, contingent, and contradictory. And it bodes ill for the 1619 Project that while conspiracy theories arouse tidal waves of attention in their first unveiling, they also—like the Grassy Knoll or the Blood Libel—wear out quickly, because their ability to explain everything usually ends up explaining nothing.

And again: the 1619 Project is not history; it is ignorance. It claims that the American Revolution was staged to protect slavery, though it never once occurs to the Project to ask, in that case, why the British West Indies which had a far larger and infinitely more malignant slave system than the 13 American colonies never joined us in that revolution. It claims that the Constitution’s three-fifths clause was designed by the Founders as the keystone that would keep the slave states in power, though the 1619 Project seems not to have noticed that at the time of the Constitutional Convention, all of the states were slave states save only Massachusetts, so that the three-fifths clause could not have been intended to confer such a mysterious power on slavery unless the Founders had come to the Convention equipped with crystal balls. It behaves as though the Civil War never happened, that the slaves somehow freed themselves, and that a white president never put weapons into the hands of black men and bid them kill rebels who had taken up arms in defense of bondage. The 1619 Project forgets, in other words, that there was an 1863 Project, and that its name was emancipation.

Finally: the 1619 Project is not history; it is evangelism, but evangelism for a gospel of disenchantment whose ultimate purpose is the hollowing out of the meaning of freedom, so that every defense of freedom drops nervously from the hands of people who have been made too ashamed to defend it. No nation can live without a history, and no free nation can flourish without a history that affirms—in Ralph Waldo Emerson’s words in 1856—“that the evil eye can wither, that the heart’s blessing can heal; that love can exalt talent” and “overcome all odds.” What the 1619 Project offers instead is bitterness, fragility, and intellectual corruption—not history.

It is the bitterest of ironies that the 1619 Project dispenses this malediction from the chair of ultimate cultural privilege in America, because in no human society has an enslaved people suddenly found itself vaulted into positions of such privilege, and with the consent—even the approbation—of those who were once the enslavers. The 156 years since emancipation are less than a second on human history’s long clock, so that such a transformation is more in the nature of a miracle to be celebrated than a failure to be deplored for any seeming slowness. It is a miracle Frederick Douglass celebrated; it is a miracle Sergeant William Carney celebrated on the ramparts of Fort Wagner; it is a miracle Dorie Miller and the Tuskegee Airmen celebrated; and it is a miracle Colin Powell and Ben Carson have celebrated. Why not the 1619Project?
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